Performing arts

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Actors: how to earn a living
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the acting industry hard and actors need to be even more resourceful in building their careers. This course is here to help! Maximise your chances of success by learning the essential skills that all performers need to establish themselves in the industry.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  2. Silver Swans ballet barre
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Adapted for older learners our Silver Swans® ballet barre classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. Ballet barre practice improves posture, strength and flexibility, focusing on the placement of the body and co-ordination. This class is suitable for those looking for a new way to exercise in a fun, relaxed learning group.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £40.00
  3. Healthy practice for instrumentalists: online
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Playing any instrument can be as demanding on body and mind as training for a major sporting event. In this online course for instrumental musicians, we will explore ways that we can keep our practice sustainable, healthy and joyful.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  4. Vocal anatomy
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn which bits of your body do what to produce your own unique voice & speech, and use this knowledge and understanding with practical exercises to clarify and strengthen your vocal communication. This one day workshop will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  5. Stand-up comedy: develop your material
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you explore new techniques and writing insights.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
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  6. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00
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  7. Ballet at the barre
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An online barre class from the comfort of your own home. The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners.

    This course is online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  8. Choir at lunchtime
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all

    genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £50.00
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  9. Men's ballet
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Perfect if you've never taken a ballet class before, or if you did ballet as a child and want to return. This men’s ballet course provides slow and fun training in how to use your body correctly, with a focus on correct placement, stance and posture.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  10. Improvisation workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation. We'll explore various methods and practice techniques to create strong improvised scenes in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  11. Contemporary dance: advanced
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Push your physicality, stamina and strength through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. Be challenged mentally and physically, take risks and work with full body awareness. This class is appropriate for people who have lots of experience in Contemporary dance and are confident with floor work.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  12. Ear training
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included. Live online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Bollywood: general level
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A vibrant and elegant dance class combining fitness, technique and choreography providing you with a solid foundation and knowledge of Bollywood dance. Suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  14. Dance burn
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Dancing is the ultimate mood booster! Get your body moving with 60 minutes of dance fitness! A mix of playful choreography with 80s and 90s music to give you the ultimate workout. Dance burn is a full body workout for body, mind and soul.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00
  15. Dance for Wellbeing
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Online and interactive discover the art of wellbeing through therapeutic dance. Engage your mind and body through dance and movement to improve your physical and emotional health and wellbeing. This class is suitable for all ages and abilities.

    This course is online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00

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